Coronavirus numbers show continued improvement

Idaho passed the two-year mark in the pandemic with more encouraging case numbers.

From March 5 through Friday, the state and its seven health districts reported 5,560 new coronavirus cases. That’s close to 1,000 new cases a day — but Idaho’s lowest daily rate since late December.

All told, Idaho has tallied 438,267 confirmed or probable coronavirus cases.

Other weekly metrics:

Case backlog: Gradually decreasing.

The state says it still has about 3,400 positive laboratory results from late January or early February, “pending local public health district review and followup.” A week ago, the backlog was 8,200.

Child cases: Sharply decreasing.

From March 5 through Friday, the state reported 565 new cases involving school-age children — slightly less than 100 cases per day. The previous week, the state tallied close to 200 child  cases per day.

Test positivity rate: It’s taken eight months, but this metric finally crossed an important threshold.

For the week ending March 5, the positivity rate fell to 3.7%.

The rate hasn’t been below 5% since July.

This is a key yardstick, because a rate below 5% suggests an outbreak is under control.

Hospitalizations: Mixed weekly trends, based on numbers from Wednesday.

Total COVID-19 hospitalizations: 136, down 35%.

ICU admissions: 30, up 17%.

Pediatric admissions: Four, unchanged from March 2.

Deaths: Another metric on the decrease.

The state reported 31 deaths from March 5 through Friday, down from 58 COVID-19 deaths from Feb. 26 through March 5.

Idaho’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 4,819.

Vaccination rate: 54.1%, for all Idahoans, ages 5 and up. (Last week, 54%.)

Booster shot rate: 44.4%, for all age groups. (Last week: 44.2%.)

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Weekly case numbers from select school districts:

  • Blaine County. Two student cases, down from a total of four.
  • Boise. Ten positive cases, down from 16.
  • Bonneville. No new data available.
  • Coeur d’Alene. Two positive cases, down from three.
  • Idaho Falls. No cases for the week ending March 4, down from one case the previous week.
  • Kuna. No new data available.
  • Moscow. No cases since Feb. 23.
  • Nampa. Eight new cases, up from five.
  • Pocatello-Chubbuck. Two cases, unchanged from the previous week.
  • Twin Falls. No new data available.
  • West Ada. One case in the five-day period ending Sunday, down from two the previous week.

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Weekly campus case numbers:

  • Boise State University. Ten cases, up from eight.
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho. No active cases Sunday.
  • College of Eastern Idaho. No current data available.
  • College of Idaho. No new cases for the past two weeks.
  • College of Southern Idaho. No new cases, down from one the previous week.
  • College of Western Idaho. No recent cases.
  • Idaho State University. Nine new cases, down from 12.
  • Lewis-Clark State College. Two active cases, after no active cases the previous week.
  • North Idaho College. One new case.
  • Northwest Nazarene University. No cases last week, down from one case the previous week.
  • University of Idaho. Three cases, down from five.

(More reading: Check our in-depth coverage of Idaho’s pandemic, two years in.)

Kevin Richert

About Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on KIVI 6 On Your Side; "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television; and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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